Winter is not only a time for taking enjoyable walks, ice-skating and tea-partying with your friends; it is also a time when your organism needs special care and attention.
The skin is the largest organ in our body. Its area, including the hypodermis, makes up approximately 17% of the total body mass. This means that a 70 kg adult individual will have around 12 kg of skin.
It is the skin that protects us from adverse environmental effects and is the first to respond to temperature changes. That’s why in wintertime it requires special care.
There are 5 essential problems you may face as one season transitions into another. Let’s take a look at them.
Problem 1 – Skin Dryness
The number one problem everyone faces in winter is the dryness and dehydration of the skin. This is caused by sudden temperature changes: the air is cold outside but dry and warm in indoor spaces. The skin undergoes stress and simply doesn’t have enough time to recover its water balance. According to scientists, during the winter period our skin loses around 1 liter of liquid every day. Naturally, it requires additional moisturizing.
What to do if you have dry skin?
You can fix this problem by using nourishing masks, moisturizing creams and oils. Creams should be applied at least an hour before going outside, so it will have enough time to be absorbed. In extremely cold weather, moisturizing products tend to freeze into ice crystals which may damage the skin.
Problem 2 – Dullness and Peeling
This problem is, without doubt, related to the previous one. In one way or another, almost all the problems I’d like to discuss here are interrelated. One problem may lead to another or may represent its development.
Dryness and lack of moisturizing make the skin lose its firmness and become dull and lifeless, prone to irritation and peeling.
What to do if you have peeling skin?
After bathing or showering, I always recommend doing body massages using various oils, serums and creams.
For facial skin, masks with honey, olive oil or almond oil will be a great option.
Problem 3 – Skin Slackness
Danger may hide even in seemingly harmful tap water. When you wash your face with hot water, your blood vessels dilate, which results in the skin turning dull and slack. Because of this, the skin becomes particularly susceptible to low temperatures.
What to do:
In winter, I recommend using special face washing products. It’s best to choose cosmetics that is alcohol-free, such as tonics, lotion or face milk.
Problem 4 – Skin Regeneration
In wintertime, our skin gets rougher, with dead cells accumulating and clogging the pores. This is why it’s absolutely necessary to use scrubs and exfoliating masks. Applying these products a couple of times every week will help to protect and cleanse your skin.
What to do:
The best types of scrubs are the one you can make at your home.
Here are some home-made scrub recipes recommended for the winter period.
Scrub Recipe No 1
1 table spoon of sour cream and 1 tea spoon of salt.
Mix and apply the mass to your face with massaging motion.
Leave it for 2-3 minutes and rinse off.
Afterwards, apply nourishing cream to your face.
This peeling scrub will brighten dark spots and make the skin softer and smoother.
Scrub Recipe No 2
Mix the following ingredients: 1 tbsp. of ground almond, 1 tbsp. of dry milk powder, 1 tbsp. of rolled oats and 1 tsp. of olive oil.
Apply to your face with massaging motion.
This procedure will not only cleanse your pores but will also help you to get rid of peeling skin. The scrub will also activate the regenerative processes of the cells to reduce facial inflammation.
Problem No 5 – Cracked Lips
One of the most vulnerable parts of our face is the lips. Lip skin is very delicate and thin, which makes it highly susceptible to cold temperatures. In wintertime, our lips may peel or crack. But all of this can be dealt with. Your best choice is to use oily balms and hygienic lipstick. Lip gloss, however, is something you should keep away from until spring.
What to do if your lips are cracked?
You can prevent your lips from cracking by doing lip massages.
To do this, soak a toothbrush in cold water and massage your lips for several minutes. Then, apply nourishing balm or some almond oil to your lips and repeat the procedure.
This will help to soften the lip skin and improve blood circulation.
And finally, some extra general recommendations.
During winter, it’s especially important to consume enough vitamin A, C and E.
Drink water. In winter, as well as in summer, it is essential to drink around 2 liters of liquid a day. Pure water may be replaced with juices or herbal infusions with rosehip and honey.
Your Dr. Nona